|Quoting mogandoCI (Reply 80):|
AA's new first is on par with UA, and far behind SQ or EK. AA's new business is the last among the big 3 legacies to be flat bed. That's hardly "trumping."
That's the same school of thought that brags about how great LHR and GRU is, because the rest of the international network is way sub-par.
's new first is a true suite, meaning the seat is independent of the shell enclosure, just what one would expect in a true international F product. UA
's first seat is more of a business class pod. Indeed, UA
's first seat looks more like AA
's new business class seat.
From the renderings, it appears that the fit and finish on AA
's seat will be much better than UA
's, and on par with BA
's seat. AA
's design eliminates all the clutter along the console/armrests and any sense of compression from the shell. As such, it creates the impression of a high-end piece of furniture. (I especially like how AA
took the seat controls out of the armrests and relocated them to a remote control.)
As to AA
's business class seat, they may be the last with a true lie-flat, but by waiting they ended up with the best product. The seat is almost identical to Cathay's seat. Cathay's seat is a highly specialized version of the Sicma Cirrus seat. It has more actuators than the basic version of this seat on Delta and US and it is more highly detailed. In modifying the seat for its own use, AA
added an actuator for the headrest, making it electronically adjustable as well.
I have sat in the Cathay version of the seat and it trumps UA
's seat in almost every way. The Cathay seat offers aisle access at every seat; it offers more privacy, better sight lines, and more storage space; the location of the IFE screen is more discrete; the finishes and overall design make it seem like a piece of furniture.
[Edited 2012-03-07 13:27:14]